Eastern Cape Premier, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, accompanied President Cyril Ramaphosa recently, when visiting families of three East London women who have been victims of gender-based violence recently.
The President first visited the home of the 19 year-old University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was raped and murdered in Cape Town. He proceeded to a local hospital where the late boxing champion Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels’ mother has been admitted after sustaining injuries and witnessing her daughter being brutally killed by her ex-boyfriend, before the President went to meet the entire Jegels family. President Ramaphosa paid his final visit to the 25 year-old Angelique Clark-Abrahams’ family who was raped and assaulted in her home.
During his message of condolences at the Mrwetyana family, President Ramaphosa assured the family and South Africans at large that Government will be intensifying the fight against gender-based violence, by introducing initiatives that seeks to change the psyche of men who are perpetrators, while dealing decisively with the gruesome criminal acts through the justice system.
Premier Mabuyane addressed mourners at the Mrwetyana Funeral Service at Abbotsford Christian Centre in East London, the following Saturday. He was joined by Police Minister Mr. Bheki Cele and his Deputy Mr. Bhuti Manama, who also attended and addressed the service.